Srinagar, November 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops vandalized the Wathoo area of Shopian during a cordon and search operation (CASO).
According to media sources, local people told mediamen that the troops laid a siege in Malik Mohalla and Astan-Mohalla. The furious soldiers smashed windscreens of parked cars and windowpanes of about a dozen of residential houses of Astan-Mohalla, they said. The residents said that the troops damaged everything that came in their way. “They (troops) smashed cars, windowpanes of houses and whatsoever came in their way,” a local resident said. Another local said that the troops damaged his 30 boxes of apples and scattered the apples around the courtyard. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, November 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, a family in Khag area of Budgam district has said that Indian Army thrashed and beat up its members during a nocturnal raid.
According to media sources, the family members of Assadullah Khan, 85, informed a Srinagar-based English daily, Kashmir Reader, over phone that they were attacked by the Indian Army personnel. “It was 10pm when we observed suspicious movement of some persons outside our home and we came out to see,” Abdul Majeed Khan, son of Assadullah Khan, said. “We saw dozens of army men who fled to nearby paddy fields,” he said. Abdul Majeed said that at about 11:45pm scores of army personnel came again and banged their doors and windows. “They barged in and we shouted but they beat us ruthlessly with butts and barrels of guns and injured our six members,” he added. Abdul Majeed said that they called police station Khag over phone but the police personnel paid no heed. “Later we went to the police station Khag to register a complaint against army but police did not open the main gate of the station,” he further said. Those who were injured in the army thrashing have been identified as Riyaz Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Umar Khan, Assadullah Khan, Mohammad Maqbool Khan and Gulzar Ahmad Khan. SHO Khag, Muhammad Aslam, confirmed to the daily that the army personnel had cordoned the house of Assadullah Khan and thrashed his family members. KASHMIR VOICE
Paris, November 04 (Kashmir Voice): The Paris-based international media advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, has said that in occupied Kashmir, journalists are often the targets of violence by Indian soldiers.
According to media sources, the Reporters Without Borders in its report on India with the title, ‘Threat from Modi’s nationalism’ released on its website said that coverage of regions that Indian authorities regard as sensitive, such as occupied Kashmir, continued to be very difficult and there were no protective mechanisms. Mentioning the 2016 mass uprising, which was triggered by the extrajudicial killing of popular youth leader, Burhan Wani, by Indian troops on July 8, 2016, the report said that curbs were imposed to prevent communication between protesters and journalists. “On the first day of a wave of protests in Kashmir in July 2016, the Internet was cut by the military and was often interrupted thereafter to prevent communication between protesters and prevent coverage by the media and citizen journalists.” The report said that Hindu nationalists were trying to purge all manifestations of anti-India thought from the debate and self-censorship was growing in the Indian media.n “Journalists are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by the most radical nationalists, who vilify them and even threaten physical reprisals. Prosecutions are also used to gag journalists who are overly critical of the government, with some prosecutors invoking Section 124-a of the penal code, under which sedition is punishable by life imprisonment,” the report said. It asked the Indian authorities to identify and prosecute those responsible for the many death threats against journalists in the past two weeks. It reminded Narendra Modi’s government that the safety of journalists was a cornerstone of democracy and the rule of law. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, November 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, members of civil society have called for tripartite talks among Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute.
According to media sources, the Civil Society members in a written statement in Srinagar said, “The dispute needs to be dealt with frontally in its historic perspective. The dialogue must take place among the three principal parties – Pakistan, India and the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).” They said that the civil society was relieved to know that all the three parties have publicly stated that the final settlement of the dispute could be arrived through meaningful, resulted-oriented and time-bound negotiations. In this backdrop, the concerns expressed by the JRL must be addressed immediately by the Indian government to set in motion the process of resolution, they added. The signatories of the statement included Dr Altaf Hussain, author; Dr Hameeda Nayeem, Chairperson Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies; Zahiruddin, author and journalist; Dr Mubeen Ahmed Shah, Business leader; Syed Shakeel Qalander, business leader; Zareef Ahmad Zareef, poet and activist; Anwar Ashai, activist; Dr Javed Iqbal, columnist; Abdul Majeed Zargar, Chartered Accountant; Dr Ather Zia, Assistant Professor University of Colorado; Dr Mirza Ashraf Beg, author; Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, Executive Editor of The Kashmir Times; Professor Siddiq Wahid, ex-Vice Chancellor of Islamic University of Science and Technology Kashmir; Muhammad Shafi Pandit, former Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission; Justice (Retd.) Hasnain Masoodi, former Judge of High Court; Sampat Prakash, veteran trade union leader; Krishen Lal Koul, businessman; Gowhar Gilani, journalist and political commentator; Mirza Waheed, author; Monisa Qadri, academician; Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, President of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Movement; Mehmood-ur-Rashid, columnist; Hassan Zainagiree, columnist; Arjimand Hussain Talib, Editor-in-Chief Ziraat Times; and Khurram Parvez, human rights activist. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, November 04 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, residents of several villages of Uri area of Baramulla district are suffering due to the restrictions imposed by Indian Army over their movement after evening.
According to media sources, the affected villages due to the restrictions include Kamalkote, Isham, Chakra, Salamabad, Jabla and Sultan Dhaki and others. The locals told media that the restrictions imposed from traffic check post (TCP) Uri onwards are severely affecting their day to day life. They said that the restrictions are affecting them socially as well as economically. “Irony is that in case of some eventuality, we are unable to visit our relatives. We are forced to wait for dawn and then only we are allowed to travel,” said Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of Uri town. The locals said that despite possessing border identity card which signifies that a person is a resident of border town, Uri, they were not allowed to move. Haji Assadullah Lone, president of traders federation, Uri, said the diktat is affecting the local population badly. He said there are dozens of villages which fall after the Uri traffic check post. “Be it health issue or any social event, the restrictions are affecting the people of these areas drastically. The restrictions are also affecting the business community of Uri town as no vehicle loaded with goods is allowed to cross the check post,” he said. The army has closed road connectivity to five villages Churanda, Sokad, Sukhdar, Batgran and Basgra. However, the army recently lifted the day restrictions there but the night restrictions are still in force. KASHMIR VOICE
Oslo, November 04 (Kashmir Voice): Norway’s prestigious Rafto Prize for human rights will be conferred on two prominent human rights activists, Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahanger, from occupied Kashmir on Sunday.
According to media sources, both the Kashmiri activists, who have reached Oslo, will be speaking at the ceremony titled, “Voices of Kashmir – Defending Civilians in a Heavily Militarized Zone”. Rafto has also dedicated this year’s Torch Rally to Kashmiris who are living the most heavily militarized zone of the world. Parvez Imroz is the co-founder of the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). The JKCCS has documented the torture by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir and published several reports, which are being used as reference document worldwide. Parveena Ahanger is the other recipient who is founder president of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons. Indian forces had picked Ahanger’s 17-year-old son from their home in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area in 1990. She is seeking his whereabouts since then. Nicknamed ‘The Iron Lady of Kashmir’, Parveena has stood against the atrocities of the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir. Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Kashmiri Scandinavian Council and lobbyist, Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan, in a statement in Oslo said that Kashmir dispute had came under discussion in the Norwegian Parliament over seventeen times so far. A Kashmir group in the Norwegian Parliament was too established several years ago which had shown its concerns about unabated human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. “Being a Norwegian Kashmiri, I feel honored that the Rafto Foundation is acknowledging the struggle of Kashmiri people who have been at the fatal end of barrel since 1947,” Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan said. He said, musicians – Lluvia Son and Jonas Apeland – will perform at a concert in Oslo on Monday to raise the awareness about the Kashmir dispute. KASHMIR VOICE